Luckiest Man

Luckiest Man

The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Book - 2006
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The definitive account of the life and tragic death of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend--the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrig's life was more complicated--and, perhaps, even more heroic--than anyone really knew.

Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up in New York City, his unlikely friendship with Babe Ruth (a friendship that allegedly ended over rumors that Ruth had had an affair with Gehrig's wife), and his stellar career with the Yankees, where his consecutive-games streak stood for more than half a century. What was not previously known, however, is that symptoms of Gehrig's affliction began appearing in 1938, earlier than is commonly acknowledged. Later, aware that he was dying, Gehrig exhibited a perseverance that was truly inspiring; he lived the last two years of his short life with the same grace and dignity with which he gave his now-famous "luckiest man" speech.

Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Jonathan Eig's Luckiest Man shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as we've never seen him before.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780743268936
0743268938
Branch Call Number: 796.357092 Gehri-E 3558ad 1
Characteristics: x, 420 p. :,ill

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Jul 15, 2009

An amazing story about a man who learned to never quit. The sad, yet remarkable story of Lou Gehrig is beautifully retold and written by Mr Eig. This is a must read for any Baseball Fan, person looking for inspiration or anyone interested or in or affected by ALS (Known as Lou Gehrig's Disease)

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